The Mizhavu is a copper drum performed as a accompaniment during Koodiyattam, the only remaining relic of Sanskrit theatre. In 1963, Paynkulam Rama Chakiyar Asan, staged a performance at a private venue outside temple premises for the first time and created history. In 1965, the asan went on to form a department for Koodiyattam, in the Kerala Kalamandalam, and opened up the learning to aspirants outside the Chakiyar and Nangiar communities. In this video, Kalamandalam Rajeev and Kalamandalam Ravikumar lead an exclusive Thayambaka adapted for the Mizhavu, at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam, as part of the Onam celebrations organised by the District Tourism Promotion Council, Kollam, on 6 September 2017.
Students of the TKM School of Architecture, (Studio 3.0) have transformed Ahimsa, a performance venue in the Asramam Residency Ground, using trash and other discarded objects, into a clean recreation space with bins for litter.
Here’s the third and last video of Mittayi Theruvu 2017, featuring Sara Andreis of Italy, accompanied by musician Ratheesh Eetillam, showing children how to make beautiful puppets from coconuts.
Here’s the second video of three I made, also in Malayalam, on Subid Ahimsa‘s session with children at 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam, narrated by Sasikumar Vallikkatte. Subid makes ingenious toys from trash and has a calm and quiet way of dealing with children. At a time when the whole world is trying to figure out how to deal with the waste humans generate, Subid’s work is of great importance particularly in Kerala where consumerism is going overboard.
Here’s the first video in a series of three I made on Mittayi Theruvu 2017, a summer camp for children, organised by 8 Point Art Cafe, Kollam, featuring origami education by Suvarnan Paravur. This also serves as an introduction to the camp.
Here’s my video montage of a day trip out to sea from Kochi harbour on board the research and training vessel, Prashikshani.
Here’s my video on some conversations and performances at the International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2017.